‘Smash’ Vs. ‘Glee’: Katharine McPhee Breaks It Down

‘We’re just actually really grateful that ‘Glee’ has opened the door,’ former American Idol says of her upcoming musical series.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Katharine McPhee at the Golden Globes on Sunday
Photo: Jeff Vespa/ WireImage During the Golden Globes on Sunday night (January 15), there was one promo that played nearly on a loop. The commercial for NBC’s new music-themed prime-time drama, “Smash,” seemed to play almost as much as the show itself, which featured funny barbs from host Ricky Gervais, an equally funny response from Golden Globe-winner Madonna and a big win for “The Descendants,” which took home Best Motion Picture – Drama. Before the Golden Globes kicked off, MTV News caught up with “Smash” leading lady and former American Idol Katharine McPhee on the red carpet. She happily explained how there’s really no competition between her forthcoming show and that other singing show on Fox, “Glee.” “You know, we’re so secluded from L.A., where they’re shooting ‘Glee,’ and we haven’t had any interaction. No one’s had any sort of conversations. We’re just actually really grateful that ‘Glee’ has opened the door,” she said. “And has made music work on television.” In teases for the show, McPhee is seen covering Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” and when we caught up with her, she told us that later on in the season there will be a Rihanna cover. McPhee even went on to share what famed actors and singers will also appear on the highly anticipated show. “Well, we have Uma Thurman, who’s not a pop star but a movie star. She’s actually shooting with us already,” she said. “[One Republic frontman] Ryan Tedder is a guest star. So he’s a pop star and an amazing writer. Oh god, and Nick Jonas. We’re doing pretty good for the first season.” “Smash,” also starring Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston and produced by Steven Spielberg, premieres February 6. The show follows the behind-the-scenes staging of a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe, who is certainly in the zeitgeist nowadays as Michelle Williams just nabbed a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the Hollywood icon in “My Week With Marilyn.” Stick with MTV News all night for the 2012 Golden Globes winners, and don’t miss all the fashion from the Golden Globes red carpet!

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